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What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:03

Have to agree.  We have an inherited conifer hedge in part of our garden and it makes a very useful windbreak to shelter our greenhouse and shed but they do suck the goodness out of the soil and make it very difficult for other plants to get the food and water they need.  

We've left ours green to the base and then made a 2' 6" wide path of chipped bark which allows us space to trim it.    The bed in front of it is planted up with shrubs, a parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood), a gingko and lots of perennials and bulbs which are now much happier.

The bits you have cut will not regrow so I suggest you lift the base to the same height across the width of the hedge and maybe use the freed space between the trunks for compost heaps and storage of pots, trays, toys, whatever.    You could then put a path in front, as I have, and then do as Gemma suggests and erect a rail or maybe trellis fence to about 1m25/4' high and make a bed in front to disguise it all.


Low inflation I think not

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 16:57

Naturally.  They are in the business for profit and will use low prices on one lot of goodies to get you in and tempt you to buy other stuff with a higher profit margin.

I have been back to my spring goodies supplier and come away with 5 more lychnis Vesuvius, 5 coreopsis Badengold, 5 geum Mrs Bradshaw and 5 Lithodora diffusa Heavenly Blue which are new to me.  Could also have bought dwarf phlox and dianthus and hardy geraniums and saxifrage and achillea The Pearl and red lupins but I have all those already in sufficient quantiies.    

I also picked up 12 beetroot plugs, 6 each of fennel, broccoli and kohl rabi plus some compost.    No more plant buying for awhile as I need to keep some pocket money for the spring plant fairs that start at the end of April and into May.....

Low inflation I think not

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:34

No price changes here for my usual spring supplies of perennials in 9cm pots.   They start at 2€45 for one , é€15 each if you buy 5 and 1€95 if you but 10 so they tend to leap into my trolley 20 at a time and I go once a week till they run out fo supplies which change each week.  Last week it was all hot colours - achillea, lychnis Vesuvius, potentillas and dandresomething.  This week I'm hoping for more hot colours but will be happy with cooler one when I pop in tomorrow.

Good quality plants with good roots which I grow on in bigger pots so they transplant more happily into the borders in mid May.   Baby salads and cabbages start at about 25 cents a plug in trays of 6.   They fill in nicely till my own sowings of veggies and flowers are big enough to cope.

Greenhouse exposed to wind advice needed

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 16:39

Be sure to use very sturdy supports for your windbreak. I put this fabric up to protect my garden this winter, attaching it to posts buried in 2' of concrete and the increased wind resistance has meant the recent gales have blown every post to a drunken 45° angle because the soil is so wet it had no resistance.   We'll be addressing that problem over the long weekend.

On the other hand, the fruit bushes and overwintered curly kales are still standing in the veg plot and there has been no wind damage in the rest of the garden except for a few old plastic chairs blowing about.

Fuschia fuss

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 05:57

I have fuchsias overwintered in teh greenhouse in their hanging baskets which are lined with coir mats so well insulated.  I've been giving them water for a month and no sign of any growth at all.   However, their progeny taken from cuttings last spring and grown on in a long plastic window box, also kept in the unheated greenhouse are happily showing fresh green leaves and shoots.


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 16:33

I like the yellow ones too and will look out for some, assuming my garden will suit them.   Research coming up.


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 14:46

Thanks CharleyD.   Keukenhof is quite impressive and changes its display every year.  Here's another muscari river.



Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:51

There are several types of muscari.   I like latifolium which has larger, two tone blue flowers and broader leaves than the usual kind.    Muscari look lovely planted in drifts.  I've seen them at Keukenhof planted to look like rivers of blue through other bulbs and shrubs.



Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:43

Change of soil type and fertility?  Moisture levels?  Sunshine levels?

What were you gardening before and what's the soil like in your new garden?   

Loosing my followed threads

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:58

It seems a bit hit and miss.  Not all the discussions I follow appear in my list either.

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